Mendoza

CIEE Buenos Aires Study Tour - Fall Block II

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Mendoza is located in the southwest of the region of New Cuyo, to the west of the country, bordering San Juan to the north, Neuquén to the south, and Chile to the west. It is an industrial hub. The city has dynamic artistic and cultural activity. The city is the ideal starting point for excursions to the important tourist attractions of the province, such as the Wine Roads, the mountains, rivers, and natural reserves.

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FRIDAY

WALKING TOUR TO THE OLD CITY
A walk through what was the old colonial city of Mendoza. It is the site where the City of Mendoza was founded on March 2, 1561, in the current Plaza Pedro del Castillo. , Civic, religious and social life developed around this area until an earthquake totally destroyed the city in 1861. The only testimony of that catastrophe is the ruin of the Jesuit San Francisco Temple of the The Paseo Alameda, a center of social and cultural activity, achieved importance during the governorship-quartermaster of General San Martín (1814-1816). It was built along the banks of the Tajmar canal, which channeled and distributed fresh water.

VISIT TO THE WINERY
The experience starts where the wine is born, walking around our vineyards of Cabernet, Malbec and Syrah grapes; it goes on with a guided tour to our traditional winery where the wine is made and ends with the result of all this process: a high-end wine tasting in our cellar.

SATURDAY

POTRERILLOS DAM
It is a space designed to contemplate the landscape. It offers a panoramic outlook point where pictures can be taken and there is a sign indicating the distances with other cities such as La Quiaca, Bariloche, Aconcagua Summit, etc.. In addition, there are viewpoints that allow us to appreciate the unbeatable landscape formed by the water mirror of the dam and the frame of the Cordillera de Los Andes.

DISCOVERING USPALLATA
Uspallata is a small but picturesque and historically interesting mountain village known for its tourist attractions and colorful landscape. It is very close to Aconcagua Mountain, the highest peak in Latin America.

UENTE DEL INCA
Puente del Inca is a geological formation that has an interesting history. Its name refers to the visits that the indigenous Inca people culture made to the bridge, under which thermal waters flow. The Inca believed these waters offered healing properties. The scientific explanation says that the bridge was formed by the action of mineral waters. Through the years, the flow of the river broke through sediments, which were deposited in the bottom by a trough. Then it was cemented by the thermal waters, which gave it a coloration of oranges, yellows and ochres. 

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PARQUE GENERAL SAN MARTÍN

The San Martín General Park was designed in 1896 by the architect Carlos Thays, the renowned French landscape painter; It combines the English and French traditions of gardening of the nineteenth century.

The forest heritage with more than 300 species from North America, Asia, Europe and Australia has turned it into a vegetal paradise, full of streets and roads specially built to make your journey more pleasant. For more than a century, this park has been one of the most important urban green spaces in Argentina.

PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA

Plaza Independencia is the most central green space of the city; it has an area of 250 square meters where you can enjoy an afternoon outdoors. There are also games for children and a beautiful semicircular fountain in its center. The square is the scene of several attractions, including artisan fairs on weekends and outdoor shows. Under the central esplanade you will find the Municipal Theater Julio Quintanilla and the Municipal Museum of Modern Art. The Plaza Independencia is located in the center of Mendoza’s downtown.

TOURIST BUS

Green spaces, monuments, parks and emblematic sites are visited in just a couple of hours. The audio in the unit provides accurate information and also the chance to get off where something turns out to be highly attractive and then take the next bus.

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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